E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


"Has Bean"

Runner Beans from last year's crop, probably being saved for "seed" - which will be used for new plants this coming year.

Runner beans are surprisingly heavy plants, grow to at least six foot in height by wrapping their stems around any support they can find, and are covered in big leaves which have good wind resistance so need a very sturdy support - which is why this allotment holder has used what appear to be roof battens. Some people use hazel sticks, which will have been cut and dried out - to make sure they don't take root.

These beans are about 8 inches long when fully mature, picked young they are sweet, are cut into thin slices, traditionally at an angle across the bean pod, and cooked quickly in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Any longer they lose their delightful, fresh green and lose their flavour.

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This series of pictures were taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful to the tenants, who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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At the Allotment - January


"Has Bean"

Runner Beans from last year's crop, probably being saved for "seed" - which will be used for new plants this coming year.

Runner beans are surprisingly heavy plants, grow to at least six foot in height by wrapping their stems around any support they can find, and are covered in big leaves which have good wind resistance so need a very sturdy support - which is why this allotment holder has used what appear to be roof battens. Some people use hazel sticks, which will have been cut and dried out - to make sure they don't take root.

These beans are about 8 inches long when fully mature, picked young they are sweet, are cut into thin slices, traditionally at an angle across the bean pod, and cooked quickly in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Any longer they lose their delightful, fresh green and lose their flavour.

.....

This series of pictures were taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful to the tenants, who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Feb 2009, 01:32
Shhhhhh!
Baby Beans sleeping.....
EJWilkins: Yes, that's about right Ray smile
Well spotted Ellie
EJWilkins: It was quite hard to isolate just one or two from the rest of the old plants, getting the right angle of view was even more difficult!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2009, 04:27
We have community gardens in Portland, OR, Ellie. They are wonderful. Me? I have an apt. with a large balcony. Planning to grow spinach, cherry tomatoes, and sweet peas in containers this year.

Your picture makes me yearn for Spring!
EJWilkins: You're lucky to have a balcony with your apartment Kay, not everybody has one here.
Good luck with growing your flowers and salads - have you thought about growing cherry tomatoes variety "Tumbler" in hanging baskets?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Feb 2009, 05:31
smile Ray always have a way with words....
These kind of pictures I love, just the 'simple' things of life, very well spotted, amazing tones and the DOF is spot on, the framing with the fence is wonderful.
Please have a great day Ellie.
EJWilkins: He does have a way with words. smile
Wet and windy here today, a lot of people have had snow, so I'm a bit jealous!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 5 Feb 2009, 07:25
I was fasinated by the allotments in the UK. We have some community farms (gardens) in the major city's but they grow in mass not individual allotments.
EJWilkins: How do these community farms work? Does everybody get a share of the produce?
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Feb 2009, 07:48
Love the title great angle
EJWilkins: Glad you think so, because it was quite difficult to get a clear background
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 5 Feb 2009, 07:52
Great series Ellie
EJWilkins: Glad you're enjoying these pictures smile
Completing the circle I hope .
richard
EJWilkins: Yes, that's really what it's all about isn't it.
I love runner beans! Great shot Ellie
EJWilkins: Mmmm, so do I, they taste "green".
But, whenever we grow them there always seem to be far too many to eat and they never seem to freeze particularly well
This picture just screams WINTER at me - far more than all the snow shots. Great shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: I think it does, couldn't be any other time of year really, with the old beans and the leaden sky
Ver very good photograph against the snowyness of the day, Ellie. First rate.
EJWilkins: It does look rather like a snowy sky doesn't it
Great capture for a great title Ellie!
EJWilkins: You're the only one who noticed the title Richard wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 5 Feb 2009, 12:05
LOL at Ray! Instead of two peas in a pod, this is two beans on a stalk! smile For me the winter feel...the sunset years...is almost more soulful than from the warmer days of youth, Ellie. Must be a comment on life, you think?
EJWilkins: The colours on the dry pods are so much more interesting than on the fresh green beans, so maybe you're right - maturity adds interest
There's nothing like runner beans fresh from the garden, this makes me feel hungry for some Ellie.
EJWilkins: Oh yes, even writing about them makes me remember the taste smile
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 5 Feb 2009, 14:12
I am so pleased the runner beans I have just cut up for dinner are green and not withered like these Ellie.
Simplicity just greatsmile
EJWilkins: True, but I'm sure I read somewhere or other that the dried beans can be eaten too - not altogether sure what name they go by though.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Feb 2009, 20:50
A wonderful close-up- a relict from last year but looking as being in a state between still living and alredy dead- suspended in an elegant gesture like dancing a pas de deux -I like the movements and connections of the different lines! these "Runner beans" (a funny expression) look beautiful- only seen per se, not as vegetable which can be used in some ways!
Thanks for the exact information!
EJWilkins: They're called Runner Beans because they "run" up beanpoles very quickly once they get started.

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